How Does a Tattoo Removal Work

Q-Switched laser

Tattoo removal can take time, depending on the type of ink used and the skin color. Lighter ink colors are more challenging to remove than darker ones. The type of ink used can also affect how fast the ink will come off. Amateur tattoos are more complex to remove than professionally applied ones because they don’t penetrate the skin as deeply. In addition, professionally applied tattoos usually cover an even area.

Laser Tattoo Removal

Laser tattoo removal uses a Q-Switched laser that sends ultra-short pulses of laser light to break up the ink particles. These particles are then absorbed by the body’s immune system and transported to the lymphatic system. There, they are processed by white blood cells, which transport the fragments to the liver for elimination. The process requires at least four sessions spaced at least four weeks apart.

Laser tattoo removal works best on older tattoos because the ink particles weaken over time. It also works best on black ink, which absorbs light better than other colors. Another factor that affects how well the process works is your skin type. Darker skin is more likely to absorb the laser heat and must be treated cautiously.


Dermabrasion for tattoo removal involves using a sharp abrasive device to remove the upper layers of the skin. This process is often painful and may cause discoloration, weeping pores, and scarring. It can also result in an infection, which may lead to permanent scarring.

Dermabrasion is a popular procedure for tattoo removal. A fast-moving device sands down the outer layers of skin. This removes the topmost layer of skin and upper dermis, the layer of skin that holds the tattoo ink. This treatment may require multiple sessions. The procedure can leave the skin raw and will take months to heal. It will also leave a scar that will be more noticeable than the tattoo.

While dermabrasion is a popular tattoo removal method, certain medications and smoking should be avoided for a week before the procedure. Also, some people on blood thinners should avoid it, and people with darker skin should avoid it if possible.

Over-The-Counter Creams

If you want to get rid of your tattoo, you may wonder whether over-the-counter creams for tattoo removal are safe. The truth is that tattoo removal creams do not work to remove the tattoo entirely – they only fade it. Some may leave you with a discolored or distorted tattoo, while others can cause serious side effects, including scarring. While tattoo removal creams can be effective, you should be careful with their ingredients and use them only after consulting a doctor.

Tattoo removal creams are available in a variety of strengths and ingredients. You can choose the one that works best for your skin type. Some tattoo removal creams contain Trichloroacetic acid (TCA), which is very powerful. Therefore, you should always wear gloves and apply them slowly with q-tips. Some of them even contain soothing ingredients that can soothe your skin.

Surgical Removal

Surgical removal of tattoos is an option for a variety of reasons. However, while most of these procedures are successful, there are also risks. For example, some tattoo removal methods can leave scarring or infection. In addition, these treatments may require multiple sessions to remove all the ink. Therefore, these techniques are generally not recommended for larger tattoos and may not even be practical.

Surgical removal of tattoos is often necessary if the tattoo is large or complicated. Larger tattoos may need multiple surgeries to remove their tattoo altogether. Scarring is another risk of this procedure, so it is best to have this procedure done by a qualified surgeon in sterile conditions.

Side Effects

Side effects of tattoo removal may include swelling, redness, and pain. In many cases, these side effects can be minimized by following the instructions from the tattoo removal specialist. Before any tattoo removal procedure, the area should be thoroughly cleaned and free of makeup or other cosmetic products. Afterward, simple ointments with antibiotics may be applied to minimize discomfort. If large blisters form, they should be pricked and dressed with sterile needles. Patients should also be aware of the risk of scarring and hyperpigmentation.

In addition, tattoo removal may also cause skin sensitivity. However, the pain is generally mild to moderate. For this reason, you should treat the area with the same care you would treat a sunburn. Try not to scratch the area or apply ice packs to reduce the pain.